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The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects

Claude Arpi (Author)
Synopsis This book is an in-depth study of the origins of the fate of a nation. It begins from the time Buddhism was introduced in Tibet. It studies the evolution of the Priest-Patron Relationship with the Mongol Khans and later the Manchu Dynasty. It observes the effect of the appearance, in the eighteenth, of a new player on the stage: the British Empire with its 'large insect' expansionist policies and its rivalry with the Russian Empire. It looks at the conservative attitude of the Tibetan elergy that blocked all the efforts for modernization by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama who in his prophetic Testament, warned his people of the impeding avalanche: "and long and dark shall be the night". It analyses why Tibet was caught sleeping in its nirvanic isolation when liberation movements were shaking the world. In his unfolding drama, the year 1950 is perceived as a turning point--a Fateful Year--for Tibet as also for the newly free India who did not realize that in refusing to stand for Tibet's right for self-determination, she would forfeit not only her moral right to lead the decolonized world but Claude Arpi.
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About the author

Claude Arpi

Born in Angouleme (France) Claude Arpi's real quest started thirty-three years ago with a journey to the Indian Himalayas. Since then he has been an enthusiastic student of the history of Tibet, China and the subcontinent. After graduating from Bordeaux University in 1974, he decided to live in India and settled in the South where he is still staying with his Indian wife and young daughter. He is the author of "The Fate of Tibet" (Har-Anand Publications, 1999), "Tibet, le pays sacrifie" (Calmann-Levy, Paris, 2000), "La politique francaise de Nehru: 1947-1954"(Pavilions Series, Auroville, 2001), "Cachemire: le paradis perdu" (Editions Philippe Picquier, France, 2004) and "Born in Sin: The panchshed Agreement"  (Mittal Publications, New Delhi, 2004). He writes regularly on Tibet, China, India and Indo-French relations.

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Title The Fate of Tibet: When Big Insects Eat Small Insects
Author Claude Arpi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812410638X
length 432p., Plates.
Subjects Social Sciences